Sunday, January 10, 2010

A great start to a new year of reading . . . . and a Critter update

sooo . . . .some things in this year have started off a little grumble-fuzzley, but my year of reading has started off GREAT!!!!!

See. That's what I love about books and reading. Other things can be going all wonky in your life, but you can pick up a good book and "voila!" You've got something good to hang onto and even be happy about. Aren't books wonderful?

Anyway, the year starts by lil' ol' me winning a pack of books from Christina Farley's mega-generous book giveaway. Yeah! And to celebrate her generosity, I plan on giving away the books that I receive once I have finished them, so stay tuned. You may still get to share in the book give-away luv too.

Then . . . The first book that I completed in 2010 was "The Lightening Thief" by Rick Riordan. Wow! What a fun book. I could tell he had fun creating it. What a fun way to play with Greek Mythology!!!! When I finished this book it made me think about how thoughts and well-placed words are like an elaborate Tinker-Toy set or Leggo's or something like that. Mr. Riordan had all these Mythological creatures to play with, and he brought them into the modern world and took all those parts to create something fun and new. "The Lightening Thief" isn't just a book. It is Rick Riordan's playground and he's letting us play along too. So much fun!

The second book that I read was a debut novel by Pam Bachorz, titled "Candor" It came out in late 2009 and I would say this is a book to put high on your To-Be-Read-Pile.

If I were to describe this YA novel in 4 words it would be: "Stepford Wives meets Pleasantville"

A grieved father created a picture-perfect town where all kids mysteriously begin to change their rebellious ways soon after their arrival. He has no idea that his only living son knows the truth; the people of Candor are being brainwashed by hidden messages. The founder's son has created a way to avoid the messages that seek to dominate his mind and he has made it his business to help the newcomers escape before it's too late. But when Nia, the most recent newcomer to Candor, arrives, he can't decide if he should help her escape because if she leaves, that would mean losing her forever. He's living a fine line between deceit and truth.

I finished this book in less than 24 hours. It's a flashlight-worthy page-turner. on a scale from 1-5 I would give it a 4. The only reason I wouldn't give it a 5 is because I wasn't fully satisfied withe the ending. I would have liked a little more resolution regarding Nia. I won't explain anymore, because I don't want to spoil any of the book for you. This book is best read without knowing the spoilers.

Way to go Pam Bachorz, for a fabulous debut novel. And thanks for a great read!

And . . . for even more exciting news, there has been a Critter siting. He is now in New England where he has hung on a Christmas tree, played in the snow and it has been discovered that he curiously looks like the Avatar charaters as well as Indian Na'vi art. hmmmmm . . . . is Critter a mystical creature as well?

You must visit Nandini's blog to see what Critter is up to. Be sure to leave Nandini a message and say "Hello!"

Isn't it sweet how Critter brings folks together. I'm feeling all warm and mushy inside.


Kelly said...

I'm reading Lightning Thief right now. I'm loving it, and my son loves, loves, loves the series! Will you see the movie in February?
Candor looks like a good read!

Kelly said...

Oh, and congrats on your big win on Christina's blog!! :)

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Lightning thief sounds good. I've just finished Hush,Hush which was SO deliciously good. One book down on the 100 book reading 2010 challenge!

C.R. Evers said...

Hey Kelly, Yes, I'd like to see the movie when it comes out. I kind of wish I waited to read the book after I saw the movie, because movies always seem to disappoint me if I've read the book first.

Terry, I'll have to put Hush, Hush on my list. I had a hard time reaching the 50 book goal in 2009, but it's sure fun to try! :0)

Angela said...

Love Rick's book. To this day, one of my favorite voices.

Candor sounds really, really interesting. I'll keep my eye out for it!

Great pic of Critter, too!

Solvang Sherrie said...

I LOVE the whole Percy Jackson series. I begged my son to read them so we could talk about them and now my daughter is into them too. Awesome, awesome books.

I keep seeing Candor everywhere. I'm thinking I need to add it to my pile.

Bish Denham said...

I've been wanting to read The Lightening Thief for some library doesn't have it. I was considering inter-library loan, but maybe I'll wait for your contest...

Yeah for Critter, the world traveler!

Shelli said...

Hey girl - i saw your comment on my blog and wanted to respond. Thanks for sharing how you feel. YOu've got to hang in there and push through this feeling. You are a great writer and deserve this if it's your dream, you dont give up. No matter what. This is when the die hards rise to the top.

YOu can do this! hang in there. :)

Peter said...

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Thanks again for turning my website into an adjective and have a great week.

(The guy who came up with Flashlight Worthy)
Recommending books so good, they'll keep you up past your bedtime. ;)

MG Higgins said...

Both of these books are great. Pam and I shared a critique group for a short period of time and I had the chance to read an earlier version of Candor. The final is very different but it was clear from her early drafts that she's a fantastic writer.

I'll go check out Critter's new locale!

Rena said...

Great cover for Candor! And how cute is Critter!

Christina Farley said...

I really enjoyed lightning Thief and looking forward to the movie too. Critter looks adorable doesn't he!